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The miller's flowers (1823) D795 (Op. 25)

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The Fair Maid of the Mill (D795 (Op. 25))

The miller's flowers

Beside the mill, beside the stream
A thousand flowers wink and gleam
The perfect shade, the perfect size
The colour of her perfect eyes
That’s why I love the flowers
That’s why I love the flowers
I long to steal them from the mill
And plant them by her window sill
They’d whisper in her ears and say
‘Forget me not’, by night or day
Tell her, my faithful flowers
Tell her, my faithful flowers
They’d float into her room at night
And stroke her face, and hold her tight
And rock her, ‘til she shuts her eyes
Then sing her scented lullabies
Love her, you lucky flowers
Love her, you lucky flowers
And then to show the day’s begun
She’ll draw her drapes and greet the sun
All eyes are wet as she appears
My flowers with dew, and mine with tears
I'm weeping with my flowers
I'm weeping with my flowers

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Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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